Portuguese cuisine at Coimbra

On day 2 of the MAJOR move from HIM’s place to mine – fortunately only 3hr worth of up and down stairs and carrying boxes/bags filled with the last pieces of the apartment (including food from the fridge and freezer) – HIM offered to take M and I out for dinner to say THANK YOU for all the hard work.

M had also kindly helped organise a van for 3hr on Saturday afternoon – so this allowed us to be able to move the larger pieces of furniture that couldn’t fit into my car!

HIM’s idea was Portuguese cuisine – so he booked a table for us at Coimbra, which is well-known in the Portuguese community… and for good reason … here is the reason why:

Coimbra exterior

This place is authentic… even down to the interior of the restaurant,

coimbra interior

The staff speak English, French and Portuguese… and nothing is too much effort,

The food is traditional and very VERY tasty….

olives and chorizo to nibble on while you wait

olives and chorizo to nibble on while you wait

We started with 2 portions of the pasteis de bacalhau (potato & cod fish-cakes 9.50€) – which were PERFECT,

coimbra pasteis de bacalhoa

HIM ordered the Carne de Porco à Alentejana (pork, clams and potatoes – 17€)

coimbra pork and clams

While M and I both opted for the Bife à Coimbra (steak in a mushroom, peppercorn and cream sauce – 16€) which was out of this world! The sauce was perfect to dip the frites into and could also be mopped up with the complimentary bread on the table. (In fact, it took a large amount of will power not to lick the dish clean!)

coimbra steak

HIM (with his sweet tooth) ordered dessert – a chocolate and Marie biscuit tart served with cream and ice-cream.

coimbra dessert coimbra dessert 2

Would we go back? ABSOLUTELY YES… there is nothing that I can fault about this place… except that my waistband feels a little tighter today – but it was well worth it! I would suggest making a reservation as the place is small and cozy – and the tables fill up fast!

COIMBRA

address: Avenue Jean Volders 54, Brussels, 1060 BELGIUM

telephone: +32 2 538 6535

email: info@restaurant-coimbra.be

www.restaurant-coimbra.be

closed on Mondays & Tuesdays

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4 thoughts on “Portuguese cuisine at Coimbra

  1. Interesting… I walk by Coimbra quite often as I live near Parvis de St. Gilles. Hope that the food is not too salty. I say this because the only Portuguese restaurant that I’ve eaten at in Brussels served food that was laden in salt. Then again, what were we expecting going into a restaurant named after “salted cod” (bacalhau)!

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